Show ContentsMacy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Macy is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Macy family lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Macey in Manche, Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Macy family

The surname Macy was first found in Cheshire, but looking back further, this Norman family originated at Macey in Manche, Normandy and Hamon Massie arrived in England with the Conqueror and was granted the lands of Dunham-Massey in Cheshire. He was a tenant of Lupus, Earl of Chester.

"In 1086 Hugh de Maci held lands in Huntingdonshire [2], and Hamo or Hamund de Maci held nine lordships in barony from Hugh Lupus in Cheshire, and 1193 subscribed the foundation charter of Chester Abbey, and granted lands to it." [1]

"The present town of Dunham-Massey, 'the home of the Masseys on the downs,' takes its name from this Hamon, one of the Palatinate barons, who there built his castle, and made it the head of his honour. His descendants held it for more than two hundred and seventy years, five generations in succession bearing his name." [3]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was scattered throughout England as seen by the following entries found there: Alan Macey and Henry Macy in Suffolk; Robert de Maysey and William de Macy in Wiltshire; and Walter Masci in Huntingdon. [4]

"The Massies of Sale, who gave their name to Saughall Massie, and had branched off as early as the time of King John, ended in 1685 with Richard Massy and his seven daughters. Of this line were the Massies of Backford and Timperley, whose last heir died in the time of Henry V.: the Massies of Edgeley, still flourishing under James I.: the Mascys of Godley, and probably those of Hough and Kelshall. The Masseys that were seated at Crossley till 1600." [3]

Early History of the Macy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Macy research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1612, 1676, 1700, 1706, 1753 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Macy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Macy Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Macy, Macey and others.

Early Notables of the Macy family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was General Edward Massey who fought with Charles I at Worcester; Thomas Mace (c.1612-1706), an English lutenist, viol player, singer...
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Macy Ranking

In the United States, the name Macy is the 7,894th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Macy family to Ireland

Some of the Macy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Macy migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Macy or a variant listed above:

Macy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Macy, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635-1639 [6]
  • Cha Macy, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [6]
Macy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nathaniel Macy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1813 [6]
  • G Macy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • Harriet Macy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • A F Macy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • C W Macy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Macy (post 1700) +

  • Rowland Hussey Macy (1822-1877), American merchant, founder and eponym of R. H. Macy and Co. in 1858
  • Bill Macy (1922-2019), born Wolf Martin Garber, an American television, film and stage actor, best known for his role as Walter Findlay, the husband in the 1970s television situation comedy Maude
  • John B. Macy (1799-1856), American politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin (1853-1855)
  • Johanna "Anne" Mansfield Sullivan Macy (1866-1936), better known as Anne Sullivan, an American teacher, best known as the instructor and lifelong companion of Helen Keller
  • Robert Macy, American Master of the brig Aurora who visited the South Shetland Islands in 1820, eponym of the Macy Glacier, Antarctica
  • Robin Lynn Macy (b. 1958), American musician, a founding member of the female country group the Dixie Chicks
  • Catherine Everit "Kate" Macy Ladd (1863-1945), American philanthropist; she founded and endowed the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation in honor of her father
  • Captain Josiah W. Macy Jr. (1838-1876), American sea captain and philanthropist, born into a philanthropic family, father of V. Everit Macy and Kate Macy
  • Kyle Robert Macy (b. 1957), American basketball broadcaster
  • Joanna Rogers Macy (b. 1929), American environmental activist, author and scholar
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook